BET, National Urban League and an Expanding List of Key Impact Partners Unite





BET, National Urban League and an Expanding List of Key Impact Partners Unite on National Black Voter Day, Friday, September 18 to Energize and Mobilize Black Voters
In partnership with the National Urban League and an expanding list of over 40 key partners, BET will launch various initiatives and provide content to inform, empower and mobilize Black Americans’ participation in the November election.
[via press release from BET]
BET, National Urban League and an Expanding List of Key Impact Partners Unite on National Black Voter Day, Friday, September 18 to Energize and Mobilize Black Voters

JOINING THIS IMPORTANT CAUSE IN EXCLUSIVE CALL-TO-ACTION VOTING PSAs THAT WILL KICK-OFF NETWORK’S NEXT PHASE OF ITS #RECLAIMYOURVOTE CAMPAIGN INCLUDE BLAKE GRIFFIN (BASKETBALL ALL-STAR), DESMOND MEADE (PRESIDENT, FRRC/VOTING RIGHTS ACTIVIST), DWANE CASEY (CHAMPION BASKETBALL COACH), ERICA CAMPBELL (RECORDING ARTIST), JAREN JACKSON JR. (PRO BASKETBALL PLAYER), JONICA T. GIBBS (ACTOR, TWENTIES), MARC H. MORIAL (PRESIDENT & CEO, NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE), MORGAN DEBAUN (FOUNDER & CEO, BLAVITY, INC.), MAJOR. (GRAMMY NOMINATED MUSICIAN), MIGNON VON (ACTOR, TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS), OFFSET (RAPPER), RAPSODY (RECORDING ARTIST), SOLEDAD O’BRIEN (JOURNALIST/PRODUCER), STACEY ABRAMS (FOUNDER, FAIR FIGHT ACTION), AND MS. TINA KNOWLES LAWSON (CO-FOUNDER, WHERE ART CAN OCCUR)

NEW YORK — BET announces the next phase of its nonpartisan #ReclaimYourVote campaign, which declares the inaugural National Black Voter Day to be recognized on September 18, 2020. In partnership with the National Urban League and an expanding list of over 40 key partners, BET will launch various initiatives and provide content to inform, empower and mobilize Black Americans’ participation in the November election. Resources will assist in getting voters registered, demystify some of the confusing processes, as well as provide guidance on voting rights restoration for eligible voters, and help voters create their voting plan to ensure their voices are heard. Blake Griffin (six-time NBA All-Star), Caron Butler (NBA Champion), Desmond Meade (President, FRRC/Voting Rights Activist), Dwane Casey (Champion Basketball Coach), Erica Campbell (Recording Artist), Jaren Jackson, Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies center), Jonica T. Gibbs (Actor, BET’s Twenties), Marc H. Morial (President & CEO, National Urban League), MAJOR. (Grammy Nominated Musician), Morgan DeBaun (Founder & CEO, Blavity, Inc), Mignon Von (Actor, Tyler Perry’s Sistas), Offset (Rapper), Rapsody (Recording Artist), Soledad O’Brien (Journalist/Producer), Stacey Abrams (Founder, Fair Fight Action), Ms. Tina Knowles Lawson (Co-Founder, Where Art Can Occur), Udonis Haslem (three-time NBA Champion), Vivek RanadivĂ© (Sacramento Kings Governor) and more are lending their voices to this powerful campaign with original PSAs that will be dispersed across BET’s platforms and by impact partners to their constituents. Additionally, a roster of media partners have joined these efforts, including Black Enterprise, Bounce, Entertainment Tonight, The Root, The Shade Room and The Skimm, as well as BET’s sibling networks MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central. National Black Voter Day coincides with some of the country’s earliest voting days in states like South Dakota and Minnesota – the latter being ground zero of the fight for racial justice, since the killing of George Floyd.

“BET continues to demystify the process of voting for Black citizens in a COVID-19 world, and #ReclaimYourVote will break down the necessary steps to make our voices heard. From securing and checking your voter registration to making a plan for how to vote to gathering your friends and family to vote with you, #ReclaimYourVote is committed to ensuring every step of the process is clear and accessible for Black voters,”Jeanine Liburd, Chief Social Impact & Communications Officer said. “Our partnership with the National Urban League and the expansive group of impact partners will combine as one mighty voice this September 18th on National Black Voter Day and beyond.”

“In the current climate of uncertainty and unrest, it’s important to make a plan for voting – particularly for Black voters,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “Efforts to suppress the Black vote are coming from all sides, whether it’s restrictive state voting laws or foreign-based misinformation campaigns. National Black Voter Day is an opportunity to rise above the confusion and plot out a clear path to the ballot box. Whether by mask, in person, or by mail, it’s important to make a plan now, and execute that plan as early as possible according to the laws in each state. We’re leaving no voter behind in 2020.”

In addition to the National Urban League, several key impact partners signed on as of September 16, including the following:
African American Mayors Association
Alliance For Youth Action
Alpha PAC
BESLA
BTheNow
Black Church PAC
Black Economic Alliance
Black Male Voter Project
Black Men Vote
Black Voters Matter
Black Women United
Color Of Change
Fair Fight Action
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Global Citizen
Howard University Student Association
Lyft
NAACP
NAACP LDF
NAMIC, Inc.
National Basketball Association
National Action Network
National Black Justice Coalition
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
National Congress of Negro Women
National Museum of African American Music
National Urban League
NextGen America
Nordstrom
PepsiCO
Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation
The Black Women’s Agenda
The Collective PAC
The Lawyers’ Committee
The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
United Way Worldwide
UrbanWorld
VoteAmerica
When We All Vote
Young Black Lawyers’ Organizing Coalition

Media Partners Include:
Black Enterprise
Bounce
Entertainment Tonight
The Root
The Skimm
The Shade Room
MTV
VH1
Comedy Central

The nonpartisan #ReclaimYourVote initiative launched earlier this year to harness Black collective power and increase Black participation in the 2020 census and the 2020 election. To date, #ReclaimYourVote has leveraged activations, talent, civil rights partnerships and television spots to urge the Black community to be counted in the census and to take a stand and vote.

For more information, please visit www.reclaimyour.vote.

Join the conversation on social media by logging on to BET social media platforms and using the hashtags: #ReclaimYourVote and #BETVote and by following us @BET, @BETVote, and @BETNews.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

About The National Urban League

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. The National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its 90 local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people annually nationwide. Visit https://nul.org/ and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @NatUrbanLeague.



6.6 Million Viewers Tuned in to Tyler Perry’s New Sitcoms





6.6 Million Viewers Tuned in to Tyler Perry’s New Sitcoms “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living” Last Wednesday Night on BET
BET spins the numbers for Wednesday, September 2.
[via press release from BET]
6.6 Million Viewers Tuned in to Tyler Perry’s New Sitcoms “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living” Last Wednesday Night on BET
NEW YORK — BET adds two more hit series to its winning Wednesday line up, with Tyler Perry’s new sitcoms, “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living.” Executive Produced by Tyler Perry, BET’s new original series swoops into ratings success on its debut night, grossing 6.6 Million viewers P2+ during premiere night across premieres and encores (simulcast across BET and BET Her on 9/2/20).* “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” grew across every quarter-hour, peaking in the final quarter-hour (.592 P18-49 rating). The two-hour television event delivered the four most social primetime cable comedy episodes of the day on social media.** “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living” occupied the #1 and #2 spots for Program social video views (excluding Sports and News & Talk), posting over 4M streams collectively.** New Episodes of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living.” air Wednesdays starting at 9 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

The P2+ numbers across the BET and BET Her simulcast are the following:

For “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”

Episode one premiere telecast: .513 P18-49 rating, 961 K total viewers P2+ (Simulcast across BET and BET Her); .483 P18-49 rating, and 922 K total viewers P2+ (on BET alone)

Episode two premiere telecast: .612 P18-49 rating, 1126 K total viewers P2+ (Simulcast across BET and BET Her); .587 P18-49 rating, and 1087 K total viewers P2+ (on BET alone)

For “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living.”

Episode one premiere telecast: .598 P18-49 rating, 1118 K total viewers P2+ (Simulcast across BET and BET Her); .590 P18-49 rating, and 1082 K total viewers P2+ (on BET alone);

Episode two premiere telecast: .579 P18-49 rating, 1098 K total viewers P2+ (Simulcast across BET and BET Her); .565 P18-49 rating, and 1048 K total viewers P2+ (on BET alone)

“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living” are executive produced, directed, and written by Tyler Perry. Michelle Sneed serves as Executive Producer of both series for Tyler Perry Studios.

ABOUT “TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE”

The seventh season of the hilarious comedy features retired fire chief Curtis Payne (LaVan Davis) and his lovely wife Ella (Cassi Davis Patton) as they pick up five years later as they continue to navigate the problems of life with their quirky modern-day family. “TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” airs Wednesdays at 8 PM ET/PT on BET. #HouseOfPayne

Episode #703 -“By Your Side” premieres Wednesday, September 9, at 8 PM ET/PT- C.J and Janine find out that Lisa is pregnant. C.J and Janine decide to stand by Malik’s side. Ella and Curtis are shocked that C.J and Janine are being so lenient.

Episode #704 -“The Old People Game” premieres Wednesday, September 9, at 8:30 PM ET/PT- Jazmine believes that Janine may be expecting again. Jazmine learns that Malik is having a baby. Kaleb wants to have sex with Jazmine for the first time.

Watch and Share the series trailer: https://youtu.be/10ABi9O-Bjs

ABOUT “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING”

After losing his job, Jeremy (Na’im Lynn), a patriarch of a young family with teenage children, decides to move to the backwoods of Georgia to help his crazy grandfather. Grandpa Vinny (J. Anthony Brown) has foolishly purchased a terribly run-down home for the elderly and he is in way over his head, but comedy ensues as Mr. Brown (David Mann) and Cora (Tamela Mann) show up at the right time as needy investors. “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” airs at 9 PM ET/PT. Wednesdays on BET. #AssistedLivingBET

Episode #103 “Captain Crunch” premieres Wednesday, September 9, at 9 PM ET/PT- Jeremy tries to convince Vinny to renovate. Sandra and Philip speculate about why Jeremy and Leah seem to be in distress. Philip stumbles upon information about Jeremy that sheds light on their move.

Episode #104 “Assaulted” premieres Wednesday, September 9, at 9:30 PM ET/PT- Jeremy thinks he may have been a little too heavy-handed with Vinny. Vinny calls the police to handle a matter at the living facility. Leah warns Vinny that the police could find more than what he intends.

Watch and Share the series trailer: https://youtu.be/mEpTFaUD2DA

For more information on “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living” log on to BET.com.

* Source: Nielsen | Total viewer claims for night based on cumulative sum of average impressions across episodes (premieres & encores on 9.2.2020) | Simulcast coverage ratings based on BET Coverage Universe.

** Source: Nielsen Social Content Ratings, Trends24 (9.2.2020)

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

About Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry Studios is a state-of-the-art film and television production facility founded in 2006 by actor, producer, filmmaker, playwright, and philanthropist Tyler Perry. Located in Atlanta, Georgia on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base, the new 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country. It boasts a variety of shooting locations including 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 12 purpose-built sound stages, 200 acres of green space and an expansive backlot.



BET and Entertainment Tonight to Honor Chadwick Boseman





BET and Entertainment Tonight to Honor Chadwick Boseman with Exclusive News Special “BET and ET Present Chadwick Boseman: Life and Legacy,” Premiering Sunday, September 6 at 9 PM ET/PT
The half-hour news special will trace his inspiring and impactful career, from playing James Brown, Jackie Robinson, to T’Challa in “Black Panther.”
[via press release from BET]
BET and Entertainment Tonight to Honor Chadwick Boseman with Exclusive News Special “BET and ET Present Chadwick Boseman: Life and Legacy,” Premiering Sunday, September 6 at 9 PM ET/PT

Hosted by ET’s Kevin Frazier, the half-hour news special will feature never-before-seen footage from Entertainment Tonight’s archives to celebrate Boseman’s remarkable and impactful career

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At 6 PM ET/PT, BET will also air “Marshall” starring Chadwick Boseman as the first African American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall

#BETRemembersChadwick

NEW YORK — Today, BET, in partnership with Entertainment Tonight, announced a new primetime news special honoring an extraordinary talent Chadwick Boseman. Hosted by Kevin Frazier, “BET and ET Present Chadwick Boseman: Life and Legacy” will feature compelling and intimate footage of Boseman. The half-hour news special will trace his inspiring and impactful career, from playing James Brown, Jackie Robinson, to T’Challa in “Black Panther.” His influence extended beyond Hollywood and into many other facets of American culture. We join so many in celebration of his life, legacy and immeasurable contributions to film and representation of African Americans in the media. Chadwick Boseman will always be our king. “BET and ET Present Chadwick Boseman: Life and Legacy” premieres Sunday, September 6 at 9 PM ET/ET on BET.

“We were all grief-stricken when we learned the tragic news of Chadwick’s passing. He was an accomplished actor, a kind spirit, and an inspiration to millions around the world. He embodied a diverse roster of Black icons with brilliance, and his legacy will forever live on. We send our prayers and heartfelt condolences to his family,” said Scott Mills, President, BET.

At 6 PM ET/PT, BET will also air “Marshall,” starring Chadwick Boseman as the first African American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall.

BET Digital will celebrate and honor the groundbreaking actor across digital and social platforms using the hashtag #BETRemembersChadwick. For more information, please visit www.bet.com.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

About Entertainment Tonight

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT is a multi-platform entertainment news brand, with a cross-screen portfolio that includes the #1 entertainment newsmagazine on television with nearly 4 million viewers daily, the 24/7 streaming network ET Live, and a top entertainment news network online, delivering more than 150 million video views per month. ETonline.com averages 20 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S. per comScore, while ET’s social audience reaches more than 70 million U.S. users monthly.

Produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT is hosted by Kevin Frazier with Nischelle Turner, Keltie Knight, Lauren Zima, Rachel Smith and Matt Cohen as correspondents. Erin Johnson serves as Executive Producer with Whitney Wallace and Leslie Kawaguchi as Co-Executive Producers.



Fall in Love All Over Again with BET’s Hit-Dramedy, “Tyler Perry’s Sistas”





Fall in Love All Over Again with BET’s Hit-Dramedy, “Tyler Perry’s Sistas,” Wednesday, October 14 Starting at 9 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her
This new season will pick up right where it left off, with Tyler Perry taking viewers on an exhilarating ride of emotions and gut-busting predicaments that will test the ladies’ long-standing friendship.
[via press release from BET]
Fall in Love All Over Again With BET’s Hit-Dramedy, “Tyler Perry’s Sistas,” Wednesday, October 14 Starting at 9 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her

“Tyler Perry’s Sistas,” the #1 New Scripted Cable Series for Black People 18-49 and 25-54, Returns in a Two-Hour Television Event

#SistasOnBET

NEW YORK — The wait is over! Today, BET and Tyler Perry Studios announced a premiere date for “Tyler Perry’s Sistas,” the #1 new scripted cable series for Black people 18-49 and 25-54. The one-hour dramatic comedy returns in back-to-back episodes, Wednesday, October 14, starting at 9 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her. This new season will pick up right where it left off, with Tyler Perry taking viewers on an exhilarating ride of emotions and gut-busting predicaments that will test the ladies’ long-standing friendship. This band of women, intertwined with their newfound relationships, must navigate this new-age dating scene as they continue to search for love in their 30s. The talented ensemble cast of “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” season two includes KJ Smith, Mignon, Ebony Obsidian, Novi Brown, DeVale Ellis, Chido Nwokocha, Anthony Dalton II, Brian Jordan Jr., Kevin A. Walton, Trinity Whiteside, and Crystal Hayslett. “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” was filmed in July 2020 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, GA.

The “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” premiere dates news is announced on the eve of tonight’s back-to-back premieres of “Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne” and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living,” starting at 8 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

“Tyler Perry’s Sistas” is executive produced, directed, and written by Tyler Perry. Michelle Sneed will also serve as Executive Producer of the series for Tyler Perry Studios.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

About Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry Studios is a state-of-the-art film and television production facility founded in 2006 by actor, producer, filmmaker, playwright, and philanthropist Tyler Perry. Located in Atlanta, Georgia on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base, the new 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country. It boasts a variety of shooting locations including 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 12 purpose-built sound stages, 200 acres of green space and an expansive backlot.



BET News Presents: “A March for Action”





BET News Presents: “A March for Action” Friday, August 28 at 11am ET on BET
Marc Lamont Hill hosts an in-depth conversation on this call to action and its urgency as our nation prepares for the biggest presidential election in a generation.
[via press release from BET]
BET News Presents: “A March for Action” Friday, August 28 at 11am ET on BET

Marc Lamont Hill to Host a Two-Hour News Special with LIVE Coverage of the National Action Network’s Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks

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Guests Include Reverend Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, Attorney Benjamin Crump, Families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner, BeBe Winans and DJ D-Nice

NEW YORK — The recent police shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23rd in Kenosha, Wisconsin has sparked local and national outrage, as the African American community is impacted by yet another incident of police brutality. This Friday, August 28, on the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, The National Action Network (NAN) and supporting activists will descend on the nation’s capital to address this critical issue with the Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks. BET News will air coverage of the event in a LIVE two-hour special titled “A March for Action.” Marc Lamont Hill hosts an in-depth conversation on this call to action and its urgency as our nation prepares for the biggest presidential election in a generation. “A March for Action” will air Friday, August 28, LIVE from 11 am – 1pm ET on BET.

“A March for Action” will include in-studio discussion with host Marc Lamont Hill and guest contributor Brittney Cooper (Rutgers University Scholar and Activist); also, live reporter presence on site in Washington, D.C. With the Lincoln Memorial as a backdrop, the location of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the call to action day will also feature a number of speakers and musical performances including Reverend Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, Attorney Benjamin Crump (legal counsel to the aforementioned shooting victim, Jacob Blake), the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner, and DJ D-Nice. Gospel legend BeBe Winans will perform his new single “Black Lives Matter.”

For up-to-the-minute details on “A March for Action” please visit BET.com and follow @BET & @BETNews on Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms for the latest news and developments.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.



BET Announces Premiere of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” & “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living,”





BET Announces Premiere of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” & “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living,” Airing on Wednesday, September 2nd
The former is returning for its seventh season, that picks up five years later.
[via press release from BET]
**TUNE IN** TUNE IN** **TUNE IN** **TUNE IN**

THE SEVENTH SEASON OF “TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” & NEW SERIES “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” PREMIERING ON BET WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd

“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” Returns with Stars LaVan Davis, Cassi Davis Patton, Lance Gross, Demetria McKinney, China Anne McClain, Larramie “Doc” Shaw, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and Allen Payne

“TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” Stars David Mann, Tamela Mann, J. Anthony Brown, Na’im Lynn, Courtney Nichole, Tayler Buck and Alex Henderson

NEW YORK, NY – “TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” and “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” will premiere on BET Wednesday, September 2nd at 9 PM ET and 10 PM ET, respectively. Two half-hour episodes will air for each show.

“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE,” returning for its seventh season, is a hilarious comedy about retired fire chief Curtis Payne (LaVan Davis) and his lovely wife Ella (Cassi Davis Patton) that picks up five years later, as they continue to navigate the problems of life with their quirky modern-day family.

“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” stars LaVan Davis as Curtis Payne, Cassi Davis Patton as Ella Payne, Lance Gross as Calvin Payne, Demetria McKinney as Janine Payne, China Anne McClain as Jazmine Payne, Keshia Knight Pulliam as Miranda and Allen Payne as CJ Payne.

In the new sitcom “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING,” Jeremy (Na’im Lynn), a patriarch of a young family with teenage children, loses his job and decides to move to the backwoods of Georgia to help his crazy grandfather. Grandpa Vinny (J. Anthony Brown) has foolishly purchased a terribly run-down home for the elderly and he is in way over his head, but comedy ensues as Mr. Brown (David Mann) and Cora (Tamela Mann) show up at the right time as needy investors.

“TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” stars David Mann as Mr. Brown, Tamela Mann as Cora, J. Anthony Brown as Vinny, Na’im Lynn as Jeremy, Courtney Nichole as Leah, Tayler Buck as Sandra and Alex Henderson as Phillip.
“TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” and “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” are executive produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry. Michelle Sneed serves as Executive Producer of both series for Tyler Perry Studios.



BET Her, The Network Dedicated to Black Women, Partners with PlayersTV





BET Her, The Network Dedicated to Black Women, Partners with PlayersTV to Air Kyrie Irving’s Breonna Taylor Special, “#SayHerName, Justice for Breonna Taylor”
Premiering Saturday, August 22, “#SayHerName, Justice for Breonna Taylor,” will feature panel conversations with leading voices on the frontlines of the movement.
[via press release from BET]
BET Her, the Network Dedicated to Black Women, Partners With PlayersTV to Air Kyrie Irving’s Breonna Taylor Special, “#SayHerName, Justice For Breonna Taylor”

The One-hour Special Premieres Saturday, August 22 at 9 PM ET/PT Only on BET Her and Saturday, August 29 at 11 PM ET/PT on BET

In addition to driving action around Breonna Taylor’s case, the special will feature panel conversations with Kyrie Irving, Common, Jemele Hill, Dr. Brittney Cooper, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, among other leading voices on the frontlines of the movement

#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor

NEW YORK — Today, BET Her announced the airing of “#SayHerName, Justice For Breonna Taylor,” produced by six-time NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving. On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was fatally shot in her home by Louisville police enforcement, executing a no-knock search warrant. The warrant was not issued for Breonna Taylor. More than three months later, the officers responsible for her death still walk the streets as free men. The one-hour special explores the importance of movements like #SayHerName and examines how Breonna’s murder highlights the lack of awareness around Black women victims of police brutality. Premiering Saturday, August 22 at 9 PM ET/PT on BET Her, “#SayHerName, Justice For Breonna Taylor,” will feature panel conversations with leading voices on the frontlines of the movement, including six-time NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving, award-winning artist Common, acclaimed journalist Jemele Hill, author Dr. Brittney Cooper, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham, and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza. Additionally, the special will provide viewers with several actionable steps to drive change and demand #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor. An encore presentation of “#SayHerName, Justice For Breonna Taylor,” will air Saturday, August 29 at 11 PM ET/PT on BET.

“It is critical to magnify how Black women are, tragically, also subject to lethal police brutality, and we must demand that Breonna Taylor’s killers are brought to justice. We are committed to utilizing our platforms to drive awareness and sustainable impact. We stand in solidarity with Breonna’s family and all of the voices on the frontlines fighting for justice to be served.” said Scott Mills, President, BET.

“Too often, there is silence when Black Women are killed by law enforcement. While millions of protestors have taken to the streets demanding change, we must continue calling for justice for Breonna Taylor whose case remains largely disconnected from the broader narrative,” said Tavia Pitts, VP of Ad Sales, “BET Her is dedicated to bringing awareness to important issues directly affecting the Black community, specifically Black women. We are proud to partner with Kyrie, PlayersTV, and the many leading voices in the frontlines fighting for bold reforms that address racially biased policing and misuse of force. Together, we will not be ignored.”

Throughout the broadcast, specific calls to action will be made available to the public, including:

Dial 844-298-2731 to demand Louisville City Leadership get #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor via Color of Change.

Check your voter registration status and register to vote at Vote.Org.

Sign the Justice For Breonna Taylor petition today on Change.Org.

CALL Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron at 502-696-5300 and demand he charge the officers who murdered Breonna Taylor via Until Freedom.

Post on social media using #SayHerName and #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor to raise awareness about Breonna’s case.

The program is also supported by Color Of Change, Vote.org, Until Freedom, Black Future’s Lab, The Gathering For Justice, MoveOn, Vera Institute For Justice, Harness, ACLU, Campaign Zero, Imagine Justice and PlayersTV.

“#SayHerName, Justice For Breonna Taylor,” joins BET’s roster of programs produced from its media-focused initiative “Content For Change.” The initiative helps address systemic racism, and inequities in America including racial justice, economic empowerment, education, health, and civic participation.

For more details on “#SayHerName, Justice For Breonna Taylor,” please visit www.bet.com and follow @BETHerTV & @BETNews across social platforms to join the conversation using the hashtag #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.



BET News Presents “Black America Votes: The VP Choice”





BET News Presents “Black America Votes: The VP Choice” Airing Sunday, August 16 at 7PM ET/PT on BET & BET HER
The special will feature the unique analysis and perspective of notable Black women who will address this moment in political history and how Kalama Harris’s presence on the Democratic ticket may impact the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
[via press release from BET]
BET News Presents “BLACK AMERICA VOTES: THE VP CHOICE” Airing Sunday, August 16 at 7PM ET/PT on BET & BET HER

CBS This Morning Saturday Co-host Michelle Miller to Anchor this One-Hour Special Featuring Interviews with All-Woman Guests Including U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, Congressional Black Caucus Chair and U.S. Representative Karen Bass, Black Voters Matter Co-Founder Latosha Brown, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza, Former Chief of Staff of the Democratic Party Rev. Leah Daughtry, Rutgers University Scholar and Activist Brittney Cooper and more to Discuss Historic Kamala Harris Vice-Presidential Selection

#BlackAmericaVotes

NEW YORK — Tuesday, August 11, 2020 marked a significant day in American History as presumptive Democratic U.S. Presidential candidate Joe Biden declared U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate for the November 3 election; making her the first African American and Indian American woman to be selected for Vice Presidency on a major party ticket. To underscore the momentous announcement, and the power of Black women in politics, BET announces a one-hour news special “BLACK AMERICA VOTES: THE VP CHOICE,” airing Sunday, August 16 at 7 PM ET/PT on BET and BET HER. Anchored by CBS This Morning Saturday co-host Michelle Miller, this BET News special will feature the unique analysis and perspective of notable Black women who will address this moment in political history and how Kalama Harris’s presence on the Democratic ticket may impact the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

“BLACK AMERICA VOTES: THE VP CHOICE” will include interviews with Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Black Voters Matter cofounder Latosha Brown, Black Lives Matter cofounder Alicia Garza, former Chief of Staff of the Democratic Party Reverend Leah Daughtry, Rutgers University Scholar and activist Brittney Cooper and more, to discuss topics like the key role black women will have in the upcoming elections.

For more information follow us @BET and @BETNews across social platforms, and join the conversation using the hashtag #BlackAmericaVotes.

ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news, and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa, and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.



Trinity Whiteside and Crystal Hayslett Upped to Series Regulars





Trinity Whiteside and Crystal Hayslett Upped to Series Regulars of the BET Original Hit Series “Tyler Perry’s Sistas”
Plus: Chris Warren joins as a recurring cast member.
[via press release from BET]
TRINITY WHITESIDE AND CRYSTAL HAYSLETT UPPED TO SERIES REGULARS OF THE BET ORIGINAL HIT SERIES “TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS” AND CHRIS WARREN JOINS THE ENSEMBLE CAST AS A RECURRING CAST MEMBER FOR SEASON TWO

“TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS” IS EXECUTIVE PRODUCED, DIRECTED, AND WRITTEN BY TYLER PERRY

#SistasOnBET

New York, NY, August 10, 2020 – BET and Tyler Perry Studios announced casting updates for original hit series, “Tyler Perry’s Sistas.” Trinity Whiteside and Crystal Hayslett upped to series regulars, and Chris Warren joins as a recurring cast member. The one-hour dramatic comedy, “Tyler Perry’s Sistas,” returns with its second season picking up right where it left off. This new season, Tyler Perry will take viewers on an exhilarating ride of emotions and gut-busting predicaments that will test the ladies’ long-standing friendship. This band of women, intertwined with their newfound relationships, must navigate this new-age dating scene as they continue to search for love in their 30’s. The talented ensemble cast for season two includes KJ Smith, Ebony Obsidian, Mignon, Novi Brown, Chido Nwokocha, DeVale Ellis, Brian Jordan Jr., Kevin Walton, and Anthony Dalton.

Series Regulars

TRINITY WHITESIDE plays “PRESTON”

Preston is a simple guy from a small rural town in Georgia. Preston is a farmer who is close to his family and looks for the love of a woman. His relationship with Danni, opens up a revelation of opposing views on love and relationships, and the ongoing battle of pleasing family members.

CRYSTAL HAYSLETT plays “FATIMA”

Fatima is a paralegal at a prestigious law firm who has been hurt and keeps her heart guarded. Her loyalty and dedication to Andi Barnes leads her into deeper connections with Andi’s personal, and work life. Fatima also discovers an unsuspecting love interest with someone who is closer than she knows.

Recurring cast member:

CHRIS WARREN will play “Hayden”

Hayden is an attorney who works at Andi’s prestigious law firm. Although not a partner yet, Hayden has caught the attention of the Board of Directors. He is a talented attorney who wins his cases and has brought a lot of great attention to the law practice. It is soon clear that his intellect is just as impressive as him charm and good looks. Hayden happens to have some history with Andi’s assistant, Fatima.

“Tyler Perry’s Sistas,” is executive produced, directed and written by Tyler Perry. Michelle Sneed will also serve as Executive Producer of the series for Tyler Perry Studios.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

About Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry Studios is a state-of-the-art film and television production facility founded in 2006 by actor, producer, filmmaker, playwright, and philanthropist Tyler Perry. Located in Atlanta, Georgia on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base, the new 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country. It boasts a variety of shooting locations including 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 12 purpose-built sound stages, 200 acres of green space and an expansive backlot.



BET Remembers Congressman John Lewis with Special Tribute “John Lewis: In His Own Words”





BET Remembers Congressman John Lewis with Special Tribute “John Lewis: In His Own Words” Sunday, July 26 at 7:30 PM ET/PT on BET & BET HER
The special will trace his momentous journey on the frontlines of history, from the freedom rides to the Black Lives Matter Movement, and one of the last interviews he conducted before his death.
[via press release from BET]
BET Remembers Congressman John Lewis With Special Tribute “JOHN LEWIS: IN HIS OWN WORDS” Sunday, July 26 at 7:30 PM ET/PT on BET & BET HER

CBS News Correspondent Jericka Duncan to Host and Narrate the exclusive BET News Special

NEW YORK — BET will honor the legacy of former U.S. Representative John Lewis with an exclusive news special called “JOHN LEWIS: IN HIS OWN WORDS,” airing Sunday, July 26 at 7:30 PM ET/PT on BET and BET HER. Hosted by CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan, this BET and CBS NEWS production will weave together compelling footage of the former Congressman’s life and his own inspiring words to present a powerful reflection of his tireless dedication to the non-violent fight for racial equality and justice. The special will trace his momentous journey on the frontlines of history, from the freedom rides to the Black Lives Matter Movement, and one of the last interviews he conducted before his death. America lost an icon, but we join so many in celebration of his life, legacy and immeasurable contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and the nation through public service.

“Lewis was a tireless activist for civil rights for over six decades, joining Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his fight for voting rights for African Americans when he was in his 20s. Now more than ever, we owe Representative Lewis an enormous debt of gratitude for all that he’s done in his historic career,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. “He was a fearless leader and a legend in the movement for civil rights. His contributions allow us to stand on the shoulders of giants as we continue the fight for social justice today. We will honor his legacy by making ‘good trouble’ of our very own.”

“JOHN LEWIS: IN HIS OWN WORDS” will recount some pivotal moments in the life of John Lewis, including his days as a courageous Freedom Rider, being an organizer and speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, surviving Bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, becoming an outspoken Congressman, champion of equal rights and being an advocate and supporter of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

For more information, visit www.bet.com and follow @bet and @betnews across social platforms to join the conversation.

ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news, and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa, and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.